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I have No Time to answer your two last Favors minutely, but only to acknowledge the receipt of them, being just returned from Philadelphia & the Post about to depart this Morning. The Situation of our Affairs in Canada, is truly allarming, & I greatly fear from the Intelligence transmitted from thence by Captn Wilkinson to General Greene, that ’ere this We have sustained further & greater...
I wrote you Yesterday of which the inclosed is a Copy. Since which I have been informed that your Illness has obliged you to quit the Army, and General Wooster as the Elder Brigadier, will take Rank and Command of Mr Montgomery—General Wooster I am informed is not of such Activity as to press thro’ Difficulties, with which that Service is particularly environ’d. I am therefore much alarmed for...
On the 20th Inst. I received Your two Favors of the 15th & 17th by Bennet, & Yesterday Evening that of the 19th Continued to the 20th with General Sullivans Letter & return, & the several Copies You inclosed. The Accounts transmitted by General Sullivan are truly alarming, & I confess I am not without Apprehension lest the next Advices should be that the unfortunate Defeat & taking of General...
Inclosed You will receive a Letter from Congress, Which came to Hand this Morning, with a Copy of some resolves to which You will pay Your Attention as their Execution will be under Your Direction. I have also enclosed a Letter for General Burgoyne Which I request You to seal & forward to him as soon as You have perused the Important & Necessary Resolves It contains. The spirited Measures...
Your favor of the 4th is this minute come to hand, and at the instant an Express was setting out for Fish kill—I will not delay a moment therefore in yielding my entire consent to your ordering an additional number of Batteaux—sufficient for the purposes mentioned in the above letter—that in case events should invite—& circumstances justify the extension of our views in the course of the...
In my letter of the 5th instant I had the pleasure of acknowleging some paragraphs in yours of the 29th ultimo. In this I would express my obligations to you for your sentiments on the several objects of our proposed expedition, with which I have so frequently troubled you. But I find myself if possible still more indebted for your further offer of services, and cannot but feel an increase of...
Letter not found : to Philip Schuyler, 18 March 1780 . Schuyler wrote GW on 22 March : “Yesterday I had the happiness of Your Excellencys favor of the 18th Instant.”
I last Night received your Favor of the 10th Inst. Amidst the unfortunate Reverse that has taken place in our affairs, I am happy to hear General St Clair and his Army are not in the Hands of the Enemy. I really feared they had become prisoners. The Evacuation of Tyconderoga and Mount Independance is an Event of Chagrine & Surprize not apprehended, nor within the Compass of my reasoning. I...
I have inclosed for Your Perusual, Copies of two Informations & a Letter I received on Saturday last from the Committee of Kings District by the Hands of a Martin Beebe who says he is their Clerk & was sent Express. From these You will readily discover the Insidious & Diabolical Arts & schemes carrying on by the Tories & Friends to Government, to raise distrust, Dissention & Divisions among...
Your fair daughter, for whose visit Mrs Washington & myself are greatly obliged, did me the honr to present your favor of the [ ] Instt —for which and the several useful hints (if it should be in my power to extend my views to St Johns) contained in it, you have my hearty thanks—To the several matters for investigation, mentioned in my letter of the 25th Ulto, permit me to add a further...
I am to thank you for your two favours of the 3d and 8th with their inclosures—I am happy to find, that you agree with me in preferring the route by Susquehannah. In prosecuting the consideration of the Indian expedition and upon a still nearer view of our force and supplies, a doubt arises respecting the best manner of employing the troops now on the Northern frontier—whether to let them...
Before this I presume You have received a Letter from Congress inclosing sundry Resolutions of the 22, 23 & 24 Ulto among Which was One, Empowering their Commanders in Chief in every Department to Negociate an Exchange of Prisoners, upon the Plan there[i]n pointed out: There were two Others Mentioning the Case of Colo. Allen & the Persons taken with him. That the Views of Congress might be...
I received your Favor of the 31st July informing me of your preparations to cross the Lake, and inclosing the Affidavits of John Shatforth, and Deguid—Several Indians of the Tribe of St Francis, came in here Yesterday, and confirmed the former Accounts of the good Disposition of the Indian Nations and Canadians to the Interests of America. A most happy Event, on which I sincerely congratulate...
Philadelphia, December 31, 1778 . Asks Schuyler to take command of Northern Department and to investigate Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Whiting’s request for relief of Colonel Ichabod Alden’s regiment. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I last night received by Mr Bennet Your Favor of the 8th Inst., addressed to General Putnam or the Officer Commanding here, Covering one for Congress with a Copy of Colo. Kirkland’s Letter to You; both of which I shall immediately forward to Philadelphia. In Consequence of Your former Letters, the Commissary has been directed to continue Supplies of Provisions, I shall repeat the Direction &...
I Yesterday Evening received the Favor of your Letters of the 17th & 18th Instant, with the Inclosures. I am heartily glad you have found two such advantageous Spots to take post at, and I hope, the progress of the Enemy will not be so rapid as to prevent your throwing up such Lines as you may esteem necessary for their Defence. Tho’ our Affairs for some Days past have worn a dark and gloomy...
I have only time to thank you for your several favours of the 16th 21st & 30th of May first and 5th of June, the last in behalf of the Board of Commissioners, and for the pains you have taken to acquire information of the Country between Fort Shuyler and Oswegatchie, Lt Harbenbergh has fully communicated to me his plan and the observations he has made, I have requested him to make a second...
Your Letter of the 6th Inst. I received this Morning by Bennet. The Reports made by the Emissaries who have been among the Indian Nations, appear not so promising as I could wish. However I trust, as so many have come to the Treaty, their Views are friendly, & tho they may not consent to take an Active Part in our Favor, that they will not Arm against Us. The Difficulties attending the Vessels...
As I have not had the pleasure of hearing from you, since the 10th Instant, I am induced to hope that the Enemy have not pursued their Success with the Rapidity that was to be apprehended, and that General St Clair will have formed a Junction with you, before they advance upon you. Immediately upon the Receipt of your first Letter, concieving the Distress that you would labour under for Want...
Your favor of the 20th of December found me as you conjectured by that fire side, from which I had been too long absent for my own convenience; to which I returned with the greatest avidity the moment my public avocations would permit; and from which I hope never again to be withdrawn. While I am here solacing myself in my retreat from the busy scenes of life, I am not only made extremely...
I this Morning received Your Favor of the 7th inst., and am to inform You, That It is not in my Power to supply You with a single Nail, nor are they to be procured in Philadelphia, as General Mifflin tells Me, Who has just returned from thence. For Want of them, we are building here, Huts of sod, Logs &ca to cover the Troops & Which I am in Hopes will make a tolerable Good shift. Since My...
You may easily conceive that I had great pleasure in perusing your Letter of the 18th Instant which with the Inclosures I received last Evening—It was much damped by my finding that General Montgomery had the same Difficulties to encounter with the Troops under your Command that I have with these here—No Troops were ever better provided or higher paid, yet their Backwardness to inlist for...
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] March 25, 1779. Discusses use of Susquehanna in preference to Mohawk as route for Indian expedition. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. This letter is dated March 21, 1779, in GW John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). , XIV, 268–73.
Ramapo [ New Jersey ] July 24, 1777. Is disappointed in number of militia sent to Schuyler. Regrets inability to send Schuyler more Continental troops, but believes Schuyler will be aided by eastern states. Discusses strength of enemy. Is sending Major General Benjamin Lincoln to aid Schuyler and to command militia. Approves of stationing men about the New Hampshire Grants. Suggests putting...
I have been favored with Your Letter of the 4th instant: Your Observations respecting Captn Gamble’s Application, I think are exceedingly just, & he should not by any Means be permitted to pass the Lakes at this Time. If he is allowed to go to Albany, It will be under Restrictions, & You will not indulge him in his Wishes, till You Esteem his return Cannot be attended with Inconveniencies &...
The Indians, Bearers of this from Conejoharie, have travelled to Boston, & from thence hither they are now on their way home, wanting, as they say (one of them at least) a Commission to raise Men & fight against the Regulars. As they do not appear to be Persons of any Sort of Consequence, I have only advised them to lay their Pretensions before you, who can Judge better of their merit than I...
Previous to the Receipt of Your Favor of the 7th Instant I had been directed by the Honorable Congress to detach four Regiments to Quebec. If they could be spared from the Service here. I am very sensible of the Great Necessity of sending a reputable Body of Troops immediately into that Country, & have Accordingly Ordered four of the strongest Regiments to hold themselves in Readiness, & am...
Your Favor of the 22d Inst. inclosing Col: Arnold’s Letter of the 2d explained the Doubt we were in respecting his Detachment —Happy would it have been for our Cause if that party could have got out of the City of Quebec; as I am much afraid from the Complexion of the Letters from that place that there is little Hope of Arnold’s continuing the Blockade without Assistance from Wooster which he...
This will be delivered you by Mr Ryckman who returns with our Seneca Friends. I have shewed them every Mark of Respect in my power & taken such Measures as appeared most proper to impress them with Ideas of our Strength & Circumstances. They seemed to be extremely pleased and not only refused to go to Philadelphia on my Solicitations but thro’ our whole Camp, declaring they had seen what was...
The Express with your’s of the 23d overtook me at this place last Evening. As soon as it was ascertained that the Enemy’s Fleet had left the Hook (which they did upon the 23d) I began to move the Army towards the Delaware, as it was the unanimous opinion, that as they made no Move up the North River Philadelphia was the most probable Object. From the best Accounts that we have been able to...
Your Favor of the 15th Instant came Yesterday to Hand, with Copies and Extracts of your late Letters to Congress—I have with great Attention perused them—I am very sorry to find by several paragraphs, that both you and General Montgomery incline to quit the Service—Let me ask you Sir, when is the Time for brave Men to exert themselves in the Cause of Liberty and their Country, if this is not?...
I have been duly favoured with your obliging letters of the 1st and 8th instant with their inclosures. Your answers to the several queries stated in mine of the 11th of february are very satisfactory, and so far as my information through other channels extends, it corresponds in most particulars with what you communicate—If the main body to be employed on the expedition were to proceed by way...
I have been favored with your Letters of the 18th & 22d Instant with their Inclosures. I am sorry to find there is such a Scarcity of Blankets, and doubt not, whatever Measures you pursue to procure a Supply, will be founded on the strictest propriety. I thank you for your Information respecting Mr James Fisher, and shall avail myself of it in a suitable Manner. I am Dr Sir with great Esteem &...
I am favored with Yours of the 16th. I refer You to a Letter which I wrote Yesterday to Congress upon the Expediency of forwarding the Troops directly on, to join the Army here. But as it may take some Time to collect and fit them out properly at Bristol, I desire that I may have exact Returns from Time to Time, from the Commanding Officer there of the Corps to which the Detachments belong,...
I have your favor of the 16th instant, and thank you for your congratulations on the success of our Arms on the 28th ulto and for your kind wishes on my personal account. I am in a great measure a stranger to the expedition against Detroit, and intirely so, to that against the Seneca’s. Agreeable to the Direction of Congress, I sent General McIntosh and two Regiments to Fort Pitt, but whether...
Yesterday Evening, upon my March from Morris Town to this place, I received your’s of the 7th confirming the unfortunate Contents of the preceeding of the same Date. I will suspend my Opinion upon the propriety of this very extraordinary and sudden Evacuation until I hear something from General St Clair, for, in Truth it is altogether unaccountable—I most sincerely wish it was in my power to...
I have had the pleasure of receiving your favs. of the 1st and 2d instants with their several inclosures. Since my arrival in this City, to which I was called by Congress to confer with them on matters relative to our future operations, several circumstances have, in the course of our enquiries and deliberations, convinced us of the absolute necessity of contracting our system. It has...
I received your Favor of the 30th Ultimo; and am obliged to You for the Trouble You have taken, in transmitting the Resolves of Congress, and in explaining the Reason on which they are founded. These appear to me solid & judicious; & I shall take immediate Measures, so far as depends upon me, to have the Resolutions carried into Execution with Dispatch, with such Improvements as shall seem to...
In a letter which I had the pleasure of writing you the 18th Inst. I requested you to take the direction of the magazines &c. which were to be prepared towards a certain expedition—I should have extended the idea to your taking the full command in the Northern department; but I was restrained by a doubt how far the measure might be agreeable to your own views and intentions—The same doubt...
I received Your several Favors of the 11th continued to the 12th & 12 & 12 with a Copy of General Arnolds Letter, The Return delivered You by General Wooster You forgot to inclose. The Account of Mr Deane is variant from Col. Kirkland’s, but Yet they both seem to agree in the most material Point, Vizt That some Parts of our Frontiers are to feel the Effects of the Savage Resentment which the...
I have now before me Your several Favors of the 25th & 30th Ulto & that of the first instant For which I return You my Thanks. Colo. Pelliser’s plan returned by Congress, I have read & transmit It to You. It seems to be designed on a large & an Extensive Scale. I cannot determine upon the Propriety of It, being not sufficiently acquainted with the Parts for which it is calculated & therefore...
On sunday I had the pleasure to receive Your favors of the 18th 19th & 30th Instant. In the spring 1778 Congress determined on a half pay establishment for seven years in favor of those Officers who remain in service till the end of the War. This is the only one that exists at present. I am exceedingly obliged by the Canada intelligence, which I have transmitted to Genl Sullivan. I have...
On the 21st instant, I received the Favor of your Letter of the 15th. Colo. Pelliser’s Plan, I presume You have received, as It was transmitted a Day or two after my Letter of the 9th. Your Wishes respecting Brigr James Clinton will be gratified, I beleive. He will remain at the Post where he now is, at least for some Time. The Intelligence communicated by the Express who delivered my Letter...
Mr Watts in behalf of Lady Johnson, applies for Leave to remove her from Albany to her Friends in this Part of the Country, I see no Impropriety in the Measure, but unacquainted with the Motives which may have govern’d You in this Matter, I do not Care to give an order for such Removal; but leave It to You to direct, with this Assurance, that I have not the least Objection to gratify in this...
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] April 19, 1779 . Discusses plans for Indian expedition. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I take this, the first Opportunity, of answering your Favor of the 15th instant from Fishkill. I thank You four Your Congratulation upon our late Successes, which I hope have stopped the Carreer of the Enemy for the Winter, & will give us some little Time to breathe, & to draw together the new Army, which begins, but slowly to make Its appearance. As fast as the New Levies most contiguous to...
Your Letter of the 15th by Doctr Cochran came to my hands yesterday—The intelligence contained in it is of importance, if true, and I shall be much obliged to you for sending persons into Canada (if you have them not already there) for the purpose of ascertaining the truth of the report. The certainty of which must affect, materially, the intended Indian Expedition. I will thankfully pay any...
I receivd your Favor of 1st Inst. by Express from New york; but as I am exceedingly hurried in making out my Dispatches for the Hble Congress at Philadelphia it is not in my Power to answer it in so full a Manner as I wish. Notwithstanding Governor Tryon’s plausible Behaviour I recommend it to you to watch him narrowly and as any unlucky Change of Affairs on our part may produce in him a...
I yesterday Evening received your Favors of the 16th & 18th. Accept my thanks for ’em and for your other very kind Offices. Genl Duportail has returned—Colo. Hamilton not yet, being detained unfortunately by a slight indisposition at Morris Town. I hope it will be soon over. The Resolution You allude to has reached me. You will see by my Official Letter of this date to Congress—that after...
I have this Day Granted a Warrant unto Captain Jacobus Wynkoop for two hundred seventy Six & two thirds Dollars, being for a Months Advance to him his Officers & Men who are to serve on the Lakes, at the Rates following. Captain 32 Dollars 32 three Mates 15 Do 45 One Boatswain do 15 Two Boatswains Mates @ 9⅓ 18⅔ Twenty Seamen @ 8 160 One Do @ 6 6 276⅔